Insert a Clickable Email Address Link in Mozilla Thunderbird

Thunderbird automatically hyperlinks email addresses and URLs

Both email addresses and website URLs can be turned into clickable links, which immediately open an email message or web page. While it's possible to turn text or images into links manually, the Mozilla Thunderbird email client can automatically insert a hyperlinked email address or website into an email message.

Hyperlinked Click Here text with a digital finger
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Why Automatic Hyperlinks Are Helpful

If you're signing an email message with your name and contact info, you'll likely include an email address. If it's hyperlinked, your recipient can click on it to open a new email already addressed to you. Your email may also include references to other contacts' email addresses, and automatically hyperlinking them would be handy and convenient for your recipient.

Similarly, if you're referencing a website URL, automatically hyperlinking it makes it easy for your email recipient to visit the site.

Thunderbird's Automatic Hyperlink Feature

Thunderbird's hyperlinking feature is particularly easy because you don't have to do anything special. When you type in an email address or website in Thunderbird, it looks like plain text in the composition window. It won't be a different color or appear to be a clickable link. However, if you save or send the message, the links become clickable automatically. Here's how it works:

  1. Open Thunderbird and select Write to compose a new email message.

    Open Thunderbird and select Write to compose a new email message.
  2. Type out your message, including any email addresses or URLs you need to convey.

    Type out your message, including any email addresses or URLs you need to convey.

    These email addresses and URLs aren't hyperlinked or in a different color. They appear as regular text.

  3. Select Send to send your message.

    Select Send to send your message.
  4. Select the Sent folder to view the email you just sent. Youll see that the email addresses and URLs in the message have been automatically hyperlinked.

    Select the Sent folder to view the email you just sent.
  5. When the recipient opens the message in their email client, all emails and URLs are hyperlinked.

    When the recipient opens the message in their email client, all emails and URLs are hyperlinked.
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